There’s nothing like a good vacation with friends to make the most of your school holidays or much-needed long weekends. This is the time where you can finally relax and de-stress, momentarily taking your mind off homework, assignments and studying for exams.
But there’s just one problem — your budget.
As you glance at your savings account online, you might be wishing that you had saved more of your allowance, birthday money or even ang pows from the previous festive celebration. Worry not, there’s still hope!
Check out our list of fun yet affordable places to visit in Malaysia, which cater to a range of budgets.
Average Daily Budget: RM100 – RM150
Also known as the Pearl of the Orient, Penang has become a popular holiday destination for both tourists and locals alike. It’s definitely the go-to place if you’re craving delectable street food such as mouthwatering charcoal-fired char kway teow, rojak pasembur, assam laksa and cendol. With average meals ranging from RM5 a plate, this is the perfect place to go on a memorable gastronomic adventure — without going broke.
Aside from the food, Penang is also famous for its Instagram-worthy street art consisting of beautifully drawn wall murals that seemingly come to life the instant you pose next to them.
However, if beaches are more your thing, visit Batu Ferringhi or Tanjung Bungah. Instead of paying for pricey water sports when you’re there, opt for relaxing on the beach with a good book in hand. That way, you can sit back and enjoy the soothing sounds of the gentle waves as they dance rhythmically in the sea. After all, this priceless leisure activity doesn’t cost a thing.
#2. Port Dickson
Average Daily Budget: RM100 – RM170
Just a 45-minute road trip from Kuala Lumpur, this is another good beach vacation spot if you’re in need of a little vitamin sea.
For those travelling in a group, there are many nice condos on Airbnb or affordable homestays for as low as RM60 per night for each person. For those who have the cash to splurge on hotels like Avillion Port Dickson or Thistle Port Dickson, we recommend comparing prices on Agoda as the platform offers some great discounts.
If you’re wondering what to do in Port Dickson besides beach activities, you may be pleasantly surprised. This quaint town offers a range of enjoyable places to visit including the Funny House, Army Museum, Ostrich Show Farm and the Extreme Park.
#3. Fraser’s Hill
Average Daily Budget: RM80 – RM150
If you’re in need of some peace and quiet, Fraser’s Hill may be for you. Located amidst the Pahang rainforest, this weekend getaway spot offers visitors a taste of old-colonial charm and rich history.
When travelling to Fraser’s Hill, make a stop at Kuala Kubu Bahru to take in the scenic surroundings before heading to the Sungai Chilling waterfall and fish sanctuary to ‘chill.’ Then, make a trip to the strawberry farm for some juicy eats.
If you enjoy hiking, test your stamina at one of the many trails including Pine Tree Hill and Kindersley Trail.
Average Daily Budget: RM200 – RM300
Although Langkawi may require a slightly higher budget, the gorgeous island makes up for it by offering exquisite views, a range of low-priced, duty-free alcohol and other goodies. Get your fix by visiting duty-free malls such as The Zon or Langkawi Parade Megamall.
There are many fun things to do in Langkawi including experiencing the 3D Museum, enjoying water sports, visiting geoforest parks and jet ski island hopping, which allows you to explore different beaches while getting an adrenaline rush at the same time.
Average Daily Budget: RM74 – RM100
Never been to Sabah? You’re missing out on the chance to immerse yourself in one of Malaysia’s most naturally beautiful places.
More than half of Sabah consists of lush green forests, which are home to exotic flora and fauna. There are also a number of wildlife sanctuaries there that were developed to promote ecotourism while protecting animals like orangutans, Sumatran rhinos, pangolins and sun bears.
For more ideas on what you can do in Sabah, visit the Sabah Tourism Board website — the platform offers a plethora of information such as where to eat, stay and play, which will make planning your trip so much easier.
Now that you’ve been inspired by these favourite local destinations, it’s time to start saving so you can look forward to your next fun getaway with your friends!